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Pitch Perfect High School Competition

We're looking for India's next star youth entrepreneur!

Pitch Perfect 2016 is a business pitching competition open to high school students across India.

For the sixth year in succession, Kingston University has topped the UK university ranking for graduate business start-ups, according to the latest figures released by the Higher Education Statistics Agency. Astonishingly, Kingston University students set up one in ten of all graduate start-up businesses launched in England in 2016.

Kingston's India team wanted to celebrate this achievement by offering our potential students in India a golden opportunity - to create a real business, with the support of the UK's number one entrepreneurship university.

Sreelakshmi SureshWhy? Because you're never too young to become an entrepreneur.  

Sreelakshmi Suresh, aged 19, has been running her own web design business - eDesign Technologies - since she was 10 years old. She has won multiple national and international awards and has some words of encouragement for other young entrepreneurs like you:

 "If you are confident that you are competent, and prepared to work hard, you can achieve anything and everything!"

Prizes – turn your business idea into reality

  • 1st prize - Mentorship* from Kingston University to turn your pitch into a real business. We'll also be your first investor! We'll give you Rs25k to help with business start-up costs, we'll help you promote your business with a PR and social media campaign and we'll give you an optional £4000 scholarship* to study on an undergraduate degree at the UK's top entrepreneurship university.
  • 2nd prize - Fee Waiver for our Business Summer School.

The Selection Panel will be made up of academics and entrepreneurs from India and the UK. The panel will want to see a pitch that is innovative, based on market demand, and is financially viable.

*To claim the scholarship, the student will need to receive an offer for one of our Undergraduate courses

How to Apply

  • Teams made up of high school students will need to submit an online application, with a video pitch and a mini-business plan (remember to demonstrate innovation, market demand and financial viability)
  • The video pitch should be no longer than 2 minutes long and uploaded to Youtube or Vimeo (you'll find a space in the application form where you can post a link)
  • The application form makes it really easy for you to put your mini business plan together. But if you've still got questions after looking at the form, get in touch at india@kingston.ac.uk.

Please apply using our online application.

Deadline to apply: 31st July 2017.

Who can apply? 

The Pitch Perfect competition is open to Indian students who are enrolled at Indian High Schools, grade XI and XII.

Applications can be submitted by an individual student or by teams. In the event that a team wins, the prize will be awarded to the Team Captain.

For more information, please email India@kingston.ac.uk

Terms and conditions for Pitch Perfect competition

  1. The Pitch Perfect competition is open to students of any nationality who are studying, or were studying at a High School based in India during the 2016-17 academic year.
  2. Business ideas submitted must be original and have been created by the applicant.
  3. Entry is taken as consent to use your video pitch for Kingston University promotional purposes on official university social media channels and Kingston.ac.uk. Copyright of the video pitch remains with the entrant and any enquiries for copyright will be addressed to the entrant. Should entrants wish for their videos not to be used in this way, they should inform the university by emailing india@kingston.ac.uk.
  4. Entries must arrive by 12.00 noon BST on 31st July 2017. Entries after the deadline will not be considered.
  5. Entrants will be notified via e-mail if they have been successful within due course. The exact date of the announcement will be published by 31st July, 2017.
  6. The decision of the judging panel is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  7. The scholarship award as part of the first prize represents a tuition fee discount of GBP £4000 and is not a cash award.
  8. The scholarship award is subject to the winner meeting all entry criteria for the course and being offered a place.
  9. Entrants do not need to take up the scholarship in order to avail the other prizes
  10. Should the first prize recipient not take up the offer of a scholarship, it will be offered to the second prize winner and so forth, until it is accepted.
  11. Living expenses and accommodation costs are not included within the scholarships. Students who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK will need to meet all Visa requirements, including those concerning financial maintenance.
  12. The second prize award of a place on the Business Summer School is available for summer 2018 (July/August) only and cannot be deferred to any subsequent year.
  13. The first prize Scholarship is available for 2017 or 2018 entry only and cannot be deferred to any subsequent year of study.
  14. Mentorship for the launch of the business is offered in good will by Kingston University. There are no pre-set parameters for the scope of this mentorship.

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